The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own international charity.
It is supported by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation and generous donations from the general public who share its vision of a better world.
Rotary Foundation in the United Kingdom (RFUK) is associated to the international charitable trust. Based at Alcester, RFUK handles Gift Aid, legacies, covenants and ordinary contributions from Rotarians and individuals.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. It has become one of the foremost non-governmental foundations, with the educational support programme being the largest private scholarship endowment in the world.
There are always opportunities for individual Club members to participate in Foundation activities, and I want to briefly outline a few ways in which this is being done within Mendip and can be done in the future.
Firstly by direct giving:
1. The weekly draw, which raises on average between 900-950 per annum, and occasionally makes one or two of us a little richer in the process.
2. A number of members of this Club make direct donations to RFUK, and this gives the charity to opportunity to claim Gift Aid. Members who do not currently do this might wish to consider it. I have some forms here this evening; you can obtain the appropriate form online from RFUK.
3. By making a donation to RFUK instead of sending Christmas cards to fellow Rotarians. Last Christmas this raised 80.
4. You might wish to consider remembering RFUK in your will.
Secondly by fund-raising:
1. There are always opportunities to support special projects being undertaken by Foundation. In this current year we raised 326 for the End Polio Now campaign by a collection outside Tesco. This amount when added to contributions and donations worldwide, means that Foundation has raised $122.4 million out of the $200 million it has been challenged to raise. As part of the on-going fight to rid the world of this terrible disease, fund-raising associated with the World Cup is going on under the banner "Kick Polio out of Africa".
2. There are large joint projects which can be undertaken with other Clubs, and matching grants are available from The Rotary Foundation Trustees - $21.5 million for 2010-11.
3. Smaller grants of up to 500 for smaller projects are available through our District.
We should remember that support for Rotary Foundation is not just about raising money. There will be opportunities for Rotarians to become involved in hosting and entertaining members of the incoming Group Study Exchange team from Malawi, and the search is already on for a team leader for next year's outgoing team to Malawi.
There are also opportunities for members to suggest potential Paul Harris Fellows from both within and outside the Club. Is there someone who you know in the community who has contributed to world understanding, goodwill and peace.
The most important part of the Rotary Foundation is the individual Rotarian within the Rotary Club. It is the local Rotary Club which sponsors applicants for scholarships, which provides candidates for Group Study Exchange teams, which offers hospitality and plans programmes for visiting scholars and GSE teams.
It is primarily Rotarians in Clubs throughout the world that provide the funds necessary to finance the increasing range and size of Rotary Foundation activities, grants and awards.
This Club has a history of raising money to support disasters across the world such as the Haitti Appeal, contributing to ending the scourge of Polio worldwide, supporting the Shelterbox disaster respite project and supporting other international initiatives, by taking advantage of available matching grants drawing on funds from the from Rotary International Foundation Trust.
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One of the signs erected by the Club to remind people to protect the local community during the current pandemic was vandelised. However thanks to the assistance of staff at Cheddar Caves it was recovered and can be repaired and reused.more
As the Holiday weekend approaches several Club members and local businesses joined together to support key workers and Government guidelines with Stay at Home signs. Thanks Worle Glass & Joinery, The FSC Group, Deane & Sons, Cheddar Signs and JVS Holdingsmore
Following the added restrictions that have came in to force the Club has amended the advisory road signs installed locally in spring 2020. They now reinforce the message Stay at Home protect key workers to remind visitors and local residents that the riskmore
After supplying laundry bags to Stroud Hospital the Club was asked to supply some to the Renal Unit St. George's Hospital Tooting. Assisted by Inner Wheel, Pam Salmon ex Ladies Circle and Gill Latham Past President Inner Wheel 30 were delivered.more
The Club has amended the stay at home signs to thank all those who helped to reduce the spread of Covid 19 by staying at home. The Club appreciates the assistance given by Cheddar Signs and the local Companies who sponsored the original signage.more
Rtns. Peter Wright & Mike Hiles are transporting vunerable adults to vaccination centres. They are also in telephone contact with indivduals who are experiencing dificulties during the pandemic, including non rotarians.more
The first of the Laundry bags and face masks produced by members of the Rotary and Inner Wheel clubs of Mendip were delivered for use by the Pharmacy staff in Cheddar. Safe distancing practice was adhered to during the handover.more
Rotarian Roger Burdock and his wife Jane a member of Inner Wheel organised a socially distancing street party to celebrate VE day. It was organised to celebrate peace and understanding to support Rotary peace scholars.more
The March 75 Club charity draw was carried out my Val Maunder, assisted my Jim Warnell from W C Maunders. The draw was started during the pandemic to ensure the Club could continue to support local charities at this time.more
Members of the Club and volunteers from The Space Charity were preparing raised beds in preparation for planting later in the year. A trench was also dug to erect fencing around the project. This will be completed later.more
The crocus planted by the Club in support of the Rotary Internationals End Polio Campaign can be seen around the area. Over the last 30 years Rotary has donated $2 billion to the eradication effort and protected 2.5 million children from the disease.more
Rotarian Anwar Hussain cooked a third batch of his free Curries for local NHS Staff & Carers in the Cheddar Valley, on this occasion, the Rotary Club of Mendip were very pleased to both sponsor & help distribute the curries.more
The April draw was carried out by Lewis Bull and Percy Foord from OnPoint Barbers in Cheddar Gorge. The draw was initiated to raise funds for charities when traditional fund raising events were cancelled due to the pandemic.more
Cheddar Arts and The Art Quarter are endevouring to create an uplifting activity for Christmas. They are asking businesses and people within the Cheddar Valley to put a festive display in their windows and "Make Cheddar Festive".more
The February draw for the 75 Club was carried out at the local business MAWAGRI. They have assisted the Club by giving discounts on the items purchased from them for the Space Allotment, our Charity for this Rotary year.The winning number was 37.more
Staff at the Court House Retirement Home have decided to stay locked down with the residents during the pandemic. to support their efforts Club members donated wine for them to enjoy during their down time.more
Do you know someone under 21 living in the Cheddar Valley who is an inspiration to others, perhaps providing extra help to family, friends and neighbours in our community during the Covid crisis, or providing help and support to charitable causes?more
Thanks to a US$70,000 project being led by the Rotary Clubs of Mendip and Kampala Sunrise the latest initiative was Medical Camp at the Ndwaddemutwe School. This was a tremendous success with 957 people attending and being tested and treated for wide rangmore
Following the changes to Government guideline on Sunday the Rotary Club of Mendip working with their local community and businesses have amended the road signs around the Cheddar Valley. They now identify the need to Stay Alert and keep 2 metres apart.more
The Young Musician competition was held at Sidcott School, in two sections. The under 15 was won by pianist Yuying Fan. Over 15 was won by Nina Tyrrell playing the trumpet. Hannah Coulton was awarded the most improved performer.more
The Club is delighted to assist our Honorary Member Adele Sutton with the Reveal Project.Revealed Projects aims to inspire young people to be confident in who they are and develop skills to build healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives.more
Following a disastrous start when the Clubs main marquee was destroyed by a strong gust of wind the evening carried on.La Rocca allowed students from the Kings Academy to set up their big pitch stalls around their restaurant.more
In association with the Draycott & Rodney Stoke First School PTA, the Story Teller Chair was funded by the Rotary Club of Mendip with the benches funded by the PTA. The Chair is the focal point where their teacher can sit while the children gather aroumore
The Club together with the Inner Wheel Club of Mendip held their annual Celebration of Christmas. Following a service at St. Peter's Church Draycott conducted by Rotarian Mike Gelder everyone adjourned to the Strawberry Special for a meal and fellowship.more
The Club honoured two cave rescue divers from the Cheddar Valley involved in the rescue of the boys in Thailand. Chris Jewell and Connor Roe were presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award for their outstanding "Service above Self"more
The Club held an external visit to The Valley Smokehouse at Stone Allerton. Jonathan Newberry gave a talk on the methods for smoking fish and meat. The visit was followed by a meal and Rotary fellowship.more